Magazine September 21, 2020, Issue

Keep It Together: Against the Left’s Secessionist Fantasies

A demonstrator burns a flag during a protest in Portland, Ore., July 18, 2020. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)
Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union, by Richard Kreitner (Little, Brown, 496 pp., $30)

Richard Kreitner’s book potentially has a very short shelf life. If Joe Biden wins in November, the arguments of this left-wing pro-secession book will never get any traction.

On the other hand, if President Trump wins reelection, the reaction against him will be even more fevered than after his first victory, and talk of splitting from the Union — or at least defying federal authority in significant ways — will get taken more seriously in progressive circles.

Kreitner, a contributing writer to The Nation, has written a readable, if stilted and hostile, account of the American union that would please old John

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This article appears as “Keep It Together” in the September 21, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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